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CMOHS.org - Sergeant PORTER, DONN F., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

PORTER, DONN F.

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company G
Division: 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Born: 1 March 1931, Sewickley, Pa.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Baltimore, Md.
G.O. Number: 64
Date of Issue: 08/18/1953
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Mundung-ni Korea, 7 September 1952
 
 


PORTER, DONN F. Photo
 
Citation

Sgt. Porter, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Advancing under cover of intense mortar and artillery fire, 2 hostile platoons attacked a combat outpost commanded by Sgt. Porter, destroyed communications, and killed 2 of his 3-man crew. Gallantly maintaining his position, he poured deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the enemy, killing 15 and dispersing the remainder. After falling back under a hail of fire, the determined foe reorganized and stormed forward in an attempt to overrun the outpost. Without hesitation, Sgt. Porter jumped from his position with bayonet fixed and, meeting the onslaught and in close combat, killed 6 hostile soldiers and routed the attack. While returning to the outpost, he was killed by an artillery burst, but his courageous actions forced the enemy to break off the engagement and thwarted a surprise attack on the main line of resistance. Sgt. Porter's incredible display of valor, gallant self-sacrifice, and consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.